BROOKLYN, NY (PIX11)—New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes went 1-3 with a double and a run scored in a minor league rehab game with the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Monday afternoon. The Cyclones (16-14) lost to the Lowell Spinners (13-17) by a score of 11-5 at MCU Park.
Reyes, 28, got his lone hit, a double to left-center, in his third and final at bat and played six innings.
"To be honest with you, I didn't think the ball was going to go that far. I will take the double so I will save the triple for tomorrow," Reyes said.
Reyes says his hamstring was not a problem as he ran the bases. He suffered a strained left hamstring on July 2 against the New York Yankees during the second round of the Subway Series at Citi Field. Reyes has been on the disabled list since July 3 and is expected to be activated and in the big league lineup on Tuesday when the Mets begin a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals in Queens.
"I've been running the bases the last six days," Reyes said. "I just want to play the game."
Reyes flashed his traditional smile all day long to the joy of thousands of fans, some surprised by the Reyes sighting. The attendance today was 8,126. Keep in mind, capacity is 7,500 so there were lots of standing room only tickets sold. Once the Reyes announcement was made on Sunday, the Cyclones sold about 1,000 extra tickets. An average price for a ticket is just $8.
"It's our first game ever. We were excited before we came. We didn't know that Jose Reyes was going to be here, now we're even more excited," Charlene McKay said.
"It's great to see him. Hopefully he's healthy," Mike Shaymberger said.
Reyes pleased his minor league teammates too, taking pictures with almost each one and signing balls for all the players. He also bought the team dinner afterward.
"Besides the hot weather, everything was perfect," Reyes, who even got to play on the beach on Coney Island, said.
Watching from the stands in Brooklyn, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, Mets VP of player development and scouting, Paul DePodesta, Mets head trainer Ray Ramirez and Reyes' agent Peter Greenberg. The intense scrutiny and care by the team is no surprise for Reyes who leads the majors with 15 triples and a .354 batting average. He becomes a free agent at the end of the season.